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Prepare our hearts for Jesus

Star over Bethlehem

In this Advent edition of Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard encourages us to open our hearts, our lives, and our communities so Jesus can show up in us and through… Continue Reading Prepare our hearts for Jesus

Bard is back

Bishop Bard

Episcopal assignments were announced Saturday morning during the consecration service of the three newly elected bishops to conclude the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional Conference.

Press on, toward this odd space

Bishop Bard preaching

Bishop David Alan Bard gave an inspirational Episcopal Address to the members of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference on Thursday, November 3.

Press on for Jesus Christ

Cross on a beach

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard reflects on North Central Jurisdictional Conference, scheduled for November 2-5, 2022, and what it means for him and the missional work we’ve… Continue Reading Press on for Jesus Christ

Listen to autumn’s reverie

Oak leaves in the autumn

Bishop David Bard, in this month’s Joyful Journey, invites us to slow down during the changing seasons, pay attention, and take time to appreciate life’s good gifts.

Addressing denominational tensions

Vine and tendrils

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard addresses denominational tensions by correcting misinformation that is spreading about the Michigan Conference’s disaffiliation process and what theology he believes will guide… Continue Reading Addressing denominational tensions

It’s complicated

brain neurons

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard challenges us to appreciate complexity as a spiritual practice for maturing Christians.

Take a moment or two for joy

Catching fireflies in a mason jar.

Bishop David Bard, in this month’s Joyful Journey, encourages us to carve out time for joy-filled moments, so that we may have the capacity to care for the world’s pain… Continue Reading Take a moment or two for joy

United Methodists react to end of Roe v. Wade

Photo of U.S. Supreme Court

The June 24 Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade has elicited various responses from United Methodists. Several agencies and individuals speak out, including Bishop David Alan Bard of The… Continue Reading United Methodists react to end of Roe v. Wade

Conference takes care of business

Plenary gets down to business

“This is what we are here for.” For many members, the heart of the Annual Conference is the raising of the card to vote on the business at hand.

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